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Carolyn Roth

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Roth Carolyn Roth passed away on Wednesday evening, February 27, 2013 two weeks short of her 94th birthday. Born Fairy Carolyn Rader, in McComb, OH, and named after a favorite aunt, she was the third child of Burdelle and Mace Rader. She enjoyed her youth on farms around McComb, later graduating from Bowling Green college to teach primary school in the Toledo area. During a summer school session at The Ohio State University, Carolyn met her future husband, Dr. Carl W. Roth. Following his overseas service in WWII, they married on April 18, 1943. For the rest of the war, they moved from post to post in the South and Midwest United States. After a medical residency in New York City, the Roths moved to Columbus in 1948, where Dr. Roth set up his ear, nose and throat practice. Carolyn, in addition to being a fine homemaker, was supportive of her children's and grandchildren's interests. She drove countless miles ferrying her girls to ballet class, art school and piano lessons. She baked thousands of cookies for school bake sales. In her late 40s, she took on 10 little boys as Cub Scout leader. Carolyn pursued her own interests as well. She remained an avid bridge player until recently, still ruing a mis-bid in 1944! She raised many of her own vegetables and took great pride in her flower gardens. She loved the arts, from theater, to music, to paintings. She also discovered the excitement of travel, visiting places in the United States and Canada, Europe and Asia. In 1995, she was a guest at the 50th anniversary commemoration of WWII's end in Tula, Russia. Carolyn was a long-time member of University Methodist Church and a 48-year member of Maple Grove United Methodist Church, where she led a women's circle for many years and received the United Methodist Women's Service Award. She was also active in women's medical auxiliary groups and the . First and foremost, Carolyn was an Ohio State University football and basketball fan. She wore a scarlet and gray outfit for game days, and finally decided to get cable TV so she could watch Big Ten women's basketball. All remained a tremendous source of enjoyment for her to the end. She was predeceased by her husband Carl, her parents, a son William Joseph, and her brothers Rollan and Lewis. She is survived by her children, Susan Filipp (Alexander) of Glenmont, NY, Martha Wiles (Douglas) of Worthington, OH, Carol Ann Nance (John) of Woodstock, OH, and John Roth (Diena) of Meredith, NH. She is also survived by grandchildren, Larissa Filipp (Peter Caswell) of Albany, NY, Mary Byun (Jamin) of New York, NY, Thomas and John Michael Nance of Woodstock, OH, Hayley and Shen Hua Roth of Meredith, NH; and a sister, Bonnie Maus, of Lima, OH. Carolyn Roth was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. She lived her life well, and we will miss her. A celebration of her life will be planned for later this spring. Contributions in memory of Carolyn may be made to the , the , the Columbus Park of Roses Foundation and ProMusica of Columbus.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 3, 2013
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